Margaret Newman


Margaret Newman FAIA is an independent contributor with Grayline and is currently directing planning, transportation and design work with her firm More Urban/Marren and Newman Architects. More Urban was founded on the premise that projects should leave a legacy as sustainable places balanced with the aspirations of clients and their communities. To accomplish this goal, More Urban can provide a framework and direction for multi-scale projects from early visioning stages through detailed design phases to transform concept into real world solutions.

An architect and planner, Ms. Newman has extensive experience building complex projects in urban environments. Able to facilitate the integration of data and analytics into multi-disciplinary projects, she has brought strategic thinking to vital infrastructure projects. With expertise in managing a wide range of project consultants including civil and transportation engineering, structural, MEP, acoustic, lighting, site, landscape, product, and graphic design, Ms. Newman is able to advise both private and public sector clients to maximize their design and operations potential for both on-going and future projects.

Most recently a Principal in Arup’s New York office, she led the Integrated Planning team comprised of experienced planners, mobility experts, civil and buildings engineers. Dedicated to creating vibrant, and economically successful places and built environment solutions, her team provided consulting services for campus and property development, mobility and transportation planning, modeling and data visualization services for a diverse group of clients including architects, private industry, cultural institutions and public agencies. Major projects include work for Amtrak at Chicago Union Station, the New York City DOT, MTA and New York State ESD and DOT, Ford Motor Company, JP Morgan Chase and Tishman Speyer.

Prior to joining Arup, Ms. Newman served as Chief of Staff at the New York City Department of Transportation under Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Sadik-Khan where she directed major agency projects including the capital construction plan for Times Square, plaza and public realm programs, and implementation of green infrastructure in the public right of way.

A frequent participant on panels and design juries including Columbia University, Syracuse University, and the NY AIA Center for Architecture, Ms. Newman has written and lectured extensively on planning and design. Ms. Newman received a Masters in Architecture from Princeton University. She is a certified LEED professional in Building Design and Construction, licensed to practice architecture in New York and Pennsylvania, and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.


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